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The Health care Freedom Act brings out differing opinions

Date: December 10, 2009
By: Rebecca Stephen
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SJR 25 HJR 48

Intro:  Some Missouri Republicans are supporting a bill that would opt the state out of national health care reform plans.
RunTime:  0:37
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: A bill filed for the 2010 legislative session would give Missourians the chance to vote on whether or not the state participates in federal health care reform.

Bill sponsor Republican Senator Jane Cunningham from Chesterfield says some of her constituents are frightened about a national health insurance reform.

Actuality:  CUNN.WAV
Run Time:  00:07
Description: "If there is a decision of whether I will make those choices or the government will, I sure like my choices better."

Democratic Senator Robin Wright-Jones from St. Louis says she would like to see what the federal government comes up with before deciding against it.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.

Intro:  Missouri may not be participating in a national health insurance reform if some Missouri Republicans get their way.
RunTime:  0:41
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Republican Senator Jane Cunningham sponsored a bill that would let Missourians vote to allow the state to opt out of a national health care reform.

St. Louis Democratic Senator Robin Wright-Jones says Missouri needs to give the federal government a chance to reform the health care system.

Actuality:  WJONES.WAV
Run Time:  00:15
Description: "The nature of health care at this point is that we have so many American's that are not covered or under insured that we should really first see what congress comes up with before we decide to decline."

But Cunningham says many of her constituents are frightened about the national health insurance reform.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.

Intro:  One Missouri Senator says Republicans are discriminating against the President in their attempt to overthrow a national health care plan.
RunTime:  0:40
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: A bill backed by several Senate Republicans would give Missourians the chance to decide if the state opts out of national health care reform.

St. Louis Democratic Senator Robin Wright-Jones says the bill is a strong political move.

Actuality:  WJONES2.WAV
Run Time:  00:13
Description: "Lets be real here. We have an African American president and everybody is not happy about that, and anything that he will propose in some quarters will never be taken, will just never be embraced."

Bill sponsor Republican Senator Jane Cunningham from Chesterfield says the bill has received support because many Missourians say they want freedom to choose their own health care.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.


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